Rahel Tareke, a mother of four in Adama city in the Oromia
Financial Inclusion Improves Sanitation and Health (FINISH) (2019-2023) was a one-year project funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was recently awarded additional resources to scale-up this successful model over the next four years. The project targets communities to sustainably expand access to and demand for safe sanitation facilities (latrines) for households in six rural and two semi-urban kebeles across three districts in the Oromia region. This is achieved through demand creation for improved latrine technology and financial inclusion, facilitating access to sanitation loans through microfinance institutions for both households and entrepreneurs (SMEs). The FINISH project also sought to stimulate sustainable economic growth in the communities as these interventions create local markets for sanitation enterprises, construction businesses, brick marketing, local soap making, redesigning toilet models to suit local market availability, and reuse of sanitation products.
In partnership with Bole Baptist Bible Church (BBBC), Amref Health Africa is engaged in generating demand for improved sanitation and creating conducive working environments through government engagement, while BBBC primarily works to create access to finance and improved sanitation supplies for communities.